The Boston Globe – Mass. jobless rate fell to 6.5% in February

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The Massachusetts unemployment rate slipped below the nation’s for the first time since November as employers added nearly 4,000 jobs last month, the state Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development said Thursday.

The Boston Globe – Workers’ skills aren’t matching available jobs

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Policy School professor and economist Alan Clayton-Matthews says it’s unrealistic to expect people trained for one occupation to train for an entirely different one because demand changes.

PBS Newshour: The Rundown – The day Reagan’s labor secretary admitted he was wrong about inequality

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Barry Bluestone talks to PBS Newshour about how increasing inequality is directly linked to higher unemployment, a theory that he and a past colleague began promoting in the late 80′s.

Chicago Tribune – Homicides in Chicago down from 2012, still tops among major U.S. cities

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James Alan Fox, The Lipman Family Professor of Criminology, Law and Public Policy at Northeastern University, comments on homicide levels in Chicago and the relationship between unemployment, homicide prevention and police.

The Boston Herald – New unemployment numbers point to slow but steady growth in jobs

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The Policy School’s Alan Clayton-Matthews comments on the latest unemployment numbers and the trends they point to for the coming months.

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